Nora Roberts is the empress of romance and romantic suspense for a reason—she's a natural. Natural pace, natural storytelling and some of the best-written characters around. I know her people. They live next door. They work at my grocery store and I go out to dinner with them and drink too much wine. I <i>like</i> them. In <b>Angels Fall</b>, Reece Gilmore skids into a tiny Wyoming town on a bad radiator and decides to stay for a week. Or so—she's taking things one day at a time, challenging herself to do things as simple as sleep with a few less lights on every night. The survivor of a horrific crime in Boston, the former chef is both fragile and determined to find a new life. She finds a possible niche at the local diner and makes friends in town including the prickly and alluring writer Brody, who has a few issues of his own. But when Reece witnesses a murder, her new life is threatened, and it's going to take all she has to keep moving toward the future. <b>Angels Fall</b> showcases Roberts' acute eye for the perfect detail and her unerring sense of what makes a hero and a heroine, the very elements that make Roberts so very, very readable and beloved.

<i>Barbara Samuel is a four-time RITA winner whose most recent novel is</i> Madame Mirabou's School of Love.

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